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Dropping Gumballs On Luke Wilson

From 54 member reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Great acting

About the show

Working Theater's new play is based on a true, little-known story about the making of an iconic TV commercial in which a legendary film director puts a movie star's life in the hands of a very jittery props guy.  More…

A humorous and ultimately disturbing account of power in the workplace, “Gumballs” examines how truth is negotiated in both art and in life, and who gets to control the narrative in an increasingly divided society. Directed by Theresa Rebeck.


Member Reviews (54)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Great acting
75
Avg Score

80
Great staging, Great writing, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you'd like a compact, LOL exploration of power abuse /corporate greed. Very well acted/staged (w/projectns) Based on true, fascinating story

Don't see it if you only like old-fashioned theater. DG is grounded in truth, but has flights of fancy. Relevant theme of absol power corruption. Engaging!

70
Slow, Preachy, Great staging, Uneven, Entertaining

See it if It's entertaining enough but uneven overall. It started well and funny and creative.

Don't see it if you don't want to be preached by a child of privilege​.

Also It tried to turn into a moral soapbox on the part of a white trust fun... Read more Read less

60
Amusing, Well acted, Has potential, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy behind the scenes stories of the entertainment industry. The concept is fun.

Don't see it if I felt the show needed to be quicker, sharper and funnier. It's only 75min but it felt slow at times and too long.

85
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to see a quirky show that will really take you on a head trip if you let it. I suggest you let it. Lots to think about in there!

Don't see it if You want a fluffy silly little comedy. This ain’t it. It has some funny moments but it’s got a lot to say.

Also Bravo to Jonathan Sale who plays Luke Wilson! He’s got the look and th... Read more Read less

76
Refreshing, Confusing, Intelligent, Clever

See it if Quirky show but very original. Takes a turn toward the end that gives the message. Was a little jarring. But made for good post chat.

Don't see it if You want a direct and straight forward show with a clear first, second and third act story arc.

64
Slow, Quirky, Disappointing, Banal

See it if If you do not see that is not sharp or crisp. It gambles on novel production but is not really all that clever.

Don't see it if If you want a tight production. If you want a quick paced show.

60
Insubstantial, Promising, Slow, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if you want to see a very talented cast retell an amusing (true) celebrity anecdote & stretch the thin premise over a long 75 minutes.

Don't see it if ur lured by the quirky title into thinking ur going to see something hilarious, absurd &/or profound. [Despite its zeal, it fails at all 3.]

Also Like most gumballs, this play is satisfying & enjoyable at first but q... Read more Read less

63
Disappointing, Quirky, Great staging, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy plays about the process of creating. You're in the mood for a cheeky, stylized take on working in entertainment.

Don't see it if You want industry insight that goes beyond the basic. You want stylization that works: only 1 actor (David Wohl) gets it.

92
Set forth as a portrayal of the making of an at&t commercial by legendary director errol morris, it is a tour de force/farce in investigating the nature of truth

See it if hilariously meta; satire of E Morris documentaries about "truth" turns Morris into character in play that itself examines what truth is

Don't see it if like NY Times, u find this to be thin & cartoonish & lacking drama; look deeper, it's much more clever & ambitious

Also Satire. Errol Morris (M) is famous for such documentaries as The Thin ... Read more Read less

80
Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Funny, Clever

See it if you enjoy idea driven humor. The characters all do what they have to do and the results are preposterous.

Don't see it if silly over the top logic taken to extremes irks you.

75
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you like very sharp comments on corporate culture vs. democracy, sprinkled with some humor in an unusual presentation, well-acted & staged.

Don't see it if you are looking for a strong plot in the usual sense of a comedy-this is based on a true happening and in that sense only offers the title!

78
Quirky, Entertaining, Funny, Clever

See it if you like quirky shows that draw satire from real people and events. It's entertaining and fun for the most part.

Don't see it if you're looking for more character development. There is only so much a few flashbacks can provide in short play. The serious scenes falter.

74
Fluffy, Great acting, Quirky, Indulgent, Clever

See it if A documentarian, a properties master, & an everyman actor walk into a studio to tape an AT&T ad. Sugary, red, kids' confections are released

Don't see it if Watching an actor not want his noggin conked for an hour for what appears to be real,hard,round sugar-bombs w/ message of: Don't allow this!

Also Human Pachinko!

65
Doesn't quite make it.

See it if You like backstage stories

Don't see it if You want a good insightful play.

73
Cute

See it if You want to see a cute adorable and fluffy play with not a lot of substance that won’t make you laugh but will keep a smile on your face

Don't see it if You are expecting to be moved in anyway. This is a play about a very silly incident but they did make it somewhat interesting

Also When I read the description of this I was thinking they would have to ... Read more Read less

68
Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Disappointing

See it if 'dangers' involved in filming commercials - risks taken intentionally for their effect*; some interesting tidbits on props people & staging

Don't see it if don't want a series of issues that are not developed; want substantive characters - not whiny preachy ones.**

Also *although the danger of gumballs being dropped on heads is the focus t... Read more Read less

95
Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Funny, Great acting

See it if You like plays that poke fun at the Entertainment industry. I was ad copy-writer in the 70's and this play is "Write-On!!!!"

Don't see it if You like more Broadway style shows. And don't see if you don't have a good sense of humor....

68
Interesting topic, Not funny enough, Uneven satire, Witty at times, Excellent acting

See it if you like very good acting, are interested in workplace difficulties, the TV advertising industry & satirical humor.

Don't see it if you expect consistent laughs in satirical plays, dislike farcical humor and have no interest in workplace politics and pressures.

85
Thought-provoking, Well acted, A fun look into the filming of a commercial, Funny

See it if You like plays based on real events. You like comedies that have something to say about power and it’s misuse.

Don't see it if You don’t like intimate venues.

Also I enjoyed this play because it gives an inside look at the downside of... Read more Read less

83
Terrific casting, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you want to see a re-telling of a highly unusual commercial filming. The cast is impeccable, & the story is hard to believe. But it's true!

Don't see it if you don't care for the mixture of comedy and philosophical exposition. And yet, it worked for me.

64
Slow, Odd, Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if game to sample a very odd 75 minutes of theatre; curious about Rebeck as director, seeing behind the scenes of TV crew, or egos in workplace

Don't see it if want a coherent, relatable story or personalities; dislike over-the-top or exaggeratedly annoying characters; averse to a choppy, slow pace

70
Relevant, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if If you like quirky, funny shows. DG's title is funny. To see a show based loosely on real event. To see good acting. To have fun.

Don't see it if You expect a big production, or a fancy set. You don't have a sense of humor. You expect a deep, existential experience.

Also There were moments of reality mixed with moments of "what is happening... Read more Read less

75
Quirky, Relevant, Intelligent, Funny, Clever

See it if you want an interesting take on how art (in this case a tv commercial) is made

Don't see it if you want a full scale comedy or can't get there in the next two days

80
This absurdly funny show made me laugh and think with its pointed satire of our corporate controlled world., Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like the idea of wacky absurdist take on the corporate control of our working lives and our leisure time--I loved it.

Don't see it if you just don't like a show that keeps you off balance with social commentary amid the laughs.

77
Resonant, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a play dealing with backstage politics to make a TV commercial.

Don't see it if if you're not interested in the interplay of prop people, stars and directors.


June 19th, 2019
“’Dropping Gumballs’ stretches Ackerman’s anecdote over a very thin 75 minutes...But the play does have a delicious villain in its Morris, played by Wohl as a tyrannical perfectionist who thrills at his own gravitas...As written, Wilson is a cartoon, but at least he has charisma, which our hero, ...
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June 21st, 2019
“Directed with a gently surreal touch by Rebeck, the actors impersonating the celebrities are delightful: Sale’s Wilson is paunchy and aloof, and Wohl’s Morris is an offhand megalomaniac. But it’s the crew members whose perspectives make the premise of this show so weirdly engrossing. Ackerman is...
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June 18th, 2019
“’Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson’ ricochets plenty of candy and themes, but in its 75 minutes, this thin workplace-humor production doesn't give us enough to chew on...Watching an avalanche of gumballs bounce off of Luke Wilson's head was funny in a slapstick way. That being said, the concept o...
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June 27th, 2019
"The playwright Theresa Rebeck makes her New York directorial debut here and she handles both sides of the play -- the show business shenanigans and clash of ideas -- with authority, putting a well-cast troupe through their paces and never letting the action go slack...The production benefits fro...
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